Many couples these days are choosing to have a “first look” – a private time for just the bride and groom to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. The groom usually stands in one spot facing away from the bride, and she will come up behind him, tap him on the shoulder or cover his eyes, and he will turn and see her for the first time. The photographer is there to document this beautiful moment and all the emotions that follow – and there are usually some tears, especially from the groom!
This is different from the tradition of waiting to see each other until the bride is coming down the aisle.
There are several good reasons to consider a first look, and if you’re trying to decide, here are some of the reasons many brides and grooms like the idea:
1. Getting rid of the jitters. Seeing each other before the ceremony usually calms the nerves and can help you feel more relaxed since you’re together for the rest of the day.
2. Time alone. The first look is shared by just the two of you (and your photographer) and takes place in a private spot instead of in front of a crowd. Because you’re alone, you can hug and cry, laugh and kiss. (And just sayin’, it’s is usually the guys who cry!) This is often the only alone time you will have all day, so it’s a great opportunity for some quiet time together – and you’re able to hang out with your wedding party for the rest of the day!
3. Time for portraits. When you decide to see each other before the ceremony, you can do the family portraits before the ceremony. Then your family can head to the reception immediately after the ceremony to enjoy cocktail hour, and you will have plenty of time for romantic portraits of the two of you when the sun is soft and golden, and you won’t have to rush.
4. More time with guests. By having all the portraits completed before the ceremony, you have a lot more time to celebrate with guests and enjoy the party you’ve been planning for months!
I love a first look for all these reasons, but of course you should make your own decision based on what’s most important to you!
Taylor and Anthony’s first look at historic Carnton Plantation is a good example of what this sweet tradition looks like.
One of the services I provide for you is planning out your wedding-day photography timeline well in advance based on how you want your day to flow. This saves you time and makes sure your day is organized and that there is time for all the photos you are wanting. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer and you like my style of photography, contact me and let’s talk!